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So many of us grew up singing traditional Christmas songs like “Silent Night” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” that even if we didn’t spend Sundays going to church, we still had a vision in our head about what that happened that magical night when Christ was born. With the beginning of Advent not too far away, we wanted to help you find a meaningful and beautiful Nativity Advent calendar to help you share that vision with your family. We’ve turned the tables on traditional paper Advent calendars, (although we love them too), with suggestions for some amazing, three dimensional pop up paper calendars that really help to illustrate the story of that fateful night in Bethlehem. Of course we’ve found some playful Nativity Advent calendars too. Some of these kids’ Advent calendars come with hidden doors that reveal chocolate treats, while others offer fun stickers that build the Nativity scene throughout the days leading up to Christmas.
Whatever kind of Nativity Advent calendar you’re in search of, we’ve done lots of digging to find you the best options this Christmas season, so read on for our Top 10 Best list. If you’re not wed to the thought of a Nativity Advent calendar, check out some of our other posts that feature a variety of options, from wooden Advent calendars, to fabric Advent calendars and kids’ Advent calendars. You’re sure to find some beauties that will keep your family’s excitement high this Christmas, and many that will last you for more Christmas seasons to come. One thing to be aware of is the fact that inventories are getting snatched up pretty quickly, so you’ll want to order soon to be sure you get your favorite Advent calendar before it’s out of stock.
1. Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar
This lovely Advent calendar by Kurt Adler is sure to become a Christmas treasure you’ll love taking out year after year. It allows your children to design their own Nativity scene over the course of the month. Your kids can be creative and design the precious Nativity scene using their imagination. Carefully crafted, this wooden Advent calendar is painted with a night time sky color. It features 24 doors around an empty manger, and it has a magnetic wooden piece of the Nativity behind each door, making the countdown to Christmas more interesting and fun for your little ones. It measures 14.25 inches by 17.25 inches and looks beautiful, whether you mount it on a wall or place it on a tabletop. The space behind each little door is large enough that it would also be easy to tuck in a tiny treat, making every day’s surprise even more special. To share the story of Jesus’ birth with your little ones, Christmas in the Manger is a wonderful book to add to your story collection.
Price: $107.95 (14 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar here.
2. Kubla Crafts Fabric Nativity Advent Calendar
A soft sculpture Nativity scene sweetly depicts the birth of Jesus, as the Star of Bethlehem guides your family closer to the holy day. This beautifully crafted fabric Advent calendar comes with velcro-affixed stuffed figures that are carefully tucked into the pockets. Each day, your and your kids can add them to the pastoral scene at the top of the calendar. This Nativity Advent calendar is made of soft fabric, with large numbers and characters, making it extra child-friendly. It provides a fun way for little ones to easily count down to Christmas, and help them stay excited without getting too impatient. If you’re looking for a personalized Nativity Advent calendar with a similar look to this, the Traditional Nativity Advent Calendar By Pockets Of Learning can be personalized with your family’s last name, or you can order a special one for each of your kids, personalized with their first names.
Price: $31.34 (29 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Kubla Crafts Fabric Nativity Advent Calendar here.
3. Clever Creations Nativity Scene Advent Calendar
A little lamb gazes into the warm glow of the manger on the night baby Jesus was born at the top of his beautiful wooden Advent calendar. It features a backlit Nativity scene that’s three dimensional, and it’s a beautiful addition to your holiday décor. This Nativity Advent calendar features 24 wooden drawers, ready to be filled up by you for your kids, or, if it’s just the two of you, gifts for one another. If you’re enjoying this Christmas with little ones, get the Fisher-Price Little People A Christmas Story toy set, and hide each of the characters in the drawers for daily surprises and a way for little hands to play with their own nativity, without the worry of breakage. If you add the Fisher Price Little People The Three Wise Men toy set, your kids will spend hours re-enacting the story of Jesus’ birth and engage their imaginations to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
Buy the Clever Creations Nativity Scene Advent Calendar here.
4. O’ Little Town of Bethlehem Pop Up Nativity Advent Calendar
This beautiful pop up Nativity Advent calendar helps your kids visualize the amazing scene unfolding in Bethlehem on the night that Christ was born. With 24 pieces that become an amazing city scene, you and your family will enjoy the daily unfolding of Advent and sharing the true story of Christmas together. If you’re looking for a way to tell the story of Christmas, A Book Of Christmas Pop-up Advent Calendar does the trick with beautifully designed pop ups along with daily readings you can share as a family. Better yet, this beautiful volume can be reused for years and will become a part of your holiday tradition every Christmas. The Caspari Christmas Pop-Up Nativity Advent Calendar gives you the best of both worlds, with traditional windows to open, but it also has that three dimensional effect to bring the Nativity scene to life.
Buy the O’ Little Town of Bethlehem Pop Up Nativity Advent Calendar here.
5. Three Dimensional Christmas Nativity Advent Calendar
This beautiful Nativity Advent calendar was printed in Germany, by a company with a history of printing Advent calendars since the early 1900s. It’s beautiful old world design is apparent, and it’s lightly highlighted with a sprinkling of glitter that will delight your kids. What makes this advent calendar truly special is the three dimensional pop up design, featuring a beautiful view of Bethlehem in the background, and the pop up Nativity scene in the foreground. This Advent calendar is so pretty and unusual, you’ll love setting it out for your guests to enjoy over the holidays. The beautiful Nativity Arches Religious German Advent Calendar is another old world design from this same company and features religious sayings behind each verses behind each door. The Winter Nativity Scene German Advent Calendar transforms the scene to modern day, and into a snowy landscape on the most special of nights.
Buy the Three Dimensional Christmas Nativity Advent Calendar here.
6. Top Rated Pop Up Calendar: Caspari Nativity Tree Pop-Up Advent Calendar
This Nativity Tree Pop-Up Advent calendar features a classic Christmas tree design and makes for a lovely and festive tabletop decoration. It also can be the start of a tradition for any family, to celebrate the days of December leading up to Christmas. The traditional art features a Christmas tree, surrounded by the Nativity scene. What makes this unique Advent calendar such a standout is the pop-up design, and the three dimensional look will fascinate both kids and adults. This Advent calendar has a dusting of glitter over it, and the Nativity scene itself is an old world design, steeped in 19th century German Lutheran history. This Advent calendars is an active, engaging way to count down the days to Christmas as a family, and it features 24 doors, behind which you’ll find a holiday themed picture. For an especially entertaining way to share the story of Advent with your kids, the Caspari Christmas Pop-Up Nativity Advent Calendar and Story Book is amazing and beautiful.
Buy the Caspari Nativity Tree Pop-Up Advent Calendar here.
7. Chocolate Advent Calendar & Nativity Story
This beautiful Nativity Advent calendar features individual windows that open to reveal bible text that lets your kids follow the story of the Nativity. But it also has a delicious surprise to keep them wanting to learn more. Each day reveals a delicious piece of gourmet milk chocolate, individually wrapped like a tiny Christmas present itself. In fact, this chocolate Advent calendar features a whopping eight ounces of deluxe chocolates which will make tiny tongues excited for the holiday. The Smiling Shepherds Chocolate Advent Calendar & Nativity Story is perfect for smaller kids, with a whimsical Nativity scene, and tinier pieces of chocolate each day. For a calming and pastoral Nativity scene, the Peaceful Prince Chocolate Advent Calendar is more traditional, and comes with chocolate too. If you have a family with kids, get each child their own individual Nativity Advent calendar and help set the tone for the holiday to come.
Buy the Chocolate Advent Calendar & Nativity Story here.
8. Top Rated Chocolate Calendar: Madelaine Chocolate Nativity Advent Calendar – Christmas Pageant
This adorable chocolate Advent calendar is perfect for kids of every age. It features the scene of children in a Christmas pageant, re-enacting the night of Christ’s birth. This Nativity Advent calendar features little doors that open each day, with a delightful verse to read aloud, and behind each one your kids will discover an extra special treat – tiny chocolates wrapped up like mini-Christmas gifts. People who have purchased this calendar rave about how delicious and high quality the chocolates are, and they especially love the opportunity to read each day’s sentiment aloud as part of a family Advent activity. If you’re not wed to a Nativity Advent calendar, or you have two children and want them to have individual countdown to Christmas calendars, the Madelaine Chocolate Christmas by the Creek Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar features three cheery snowmen out for a holiday adventure. The tiny rhymes featured on the doors of this Advent calendar can also be shared among your kids for some added holiday fun.
Buy the Madelaine Chocolate Nativity Advent Calendar – Christmas Pageant here.
9. Best Window Clings: Nativity Scene Window Clings
Suspend your current thinking for just one moment, because the celebration of Advent can be beautiful when you create it yourself. This set of window clings is the perfect DIY option for you to create your own Nativity Advent calendar, choosing a cling for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. From the beautiful angels, wise men and animals, to the sweet images of Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, your kids can build a Nativity scene that they can change and play with during those anxious days of December. With 30 clings in all, you can add some together for a day that seems to need more fun and inspiration, as your kids learn the reason for the season. If you’re looking for more traditional images of the Nativity scene, another set offers 24 clings that feature stained glass windows and more.
Buy the Nativity Scene Window Clings here.
10. Best Sticker Advent Calendar: Kid’s Nativity Sticker Advent Calendar
Every kid loves stickers, and this unique Nativity Advent Calendar features 24 of them, giving kids a chance to work on their dexterity along with having fun as they count down the days until Christmas. Each day they add a sticker to complete the Nativity scene, following simple outlines that guide their hands to find the right space. This Advent calendar is perfect for toddlers and smaller children who will find fun in the daily activity. For a different scene, or to give a second child an Advent calendar of their own, the Bethlehem’s Child Sticker Advent Calendar paints a more rustic and traditional Nativity scene on the stickers have all been place, while the Christmas Stable Sticker Advent Calendar offers the close up view of the animals and simple stable where Jesus lay in the cradle.